Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) - Chicago Workshop

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February 11, 2013


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Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) - Chicago Workshop

Female veterans, active-duty females transitioning within 24-months, spouses or female partners of veterans are eligible!

ST. LOUIS, MO – Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) is an entrepreneurial training program for female veterans of all service eras and branches with a passion for and interest in either starting a new small business or growing an existing one.  The Chicago workshop will take place May 3 – 5, 2013, at the Westin Chicago River North.

VWISE is a three-phase program consisting of the following phases:

·       Phase 1: What’s first? A 15-day online, self-study course focuses on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business.

·       Phase 2: Ready, Set, Go! A three-day conference where participants are exposed to accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States.  This segment includes two training tracks: a growth track, tailored to those participants already in business and a startup track focused on potential future entrepreneurs.  Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, human resources and work life balance.  (The online course segment is a prerequisite to conference training.).

·       Phase 3: Keep Moving …provides ongoing support and mentorship delivered online and through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners.

Dennis Melton, SBA’s St. Louis District Director, said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for female veterans and their partners.  VWISE was designed by Syracuse University and SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development.  We’re pleased to see this program offered in the Midwest.”    

Admission is on a rolling basis so early application is highly recommended.  Participants are responsible for a one-time $75 registration fee and their transportation to and from the on-site conference.  All hotel and conference fees are covered through the support of the Small Business Administration.  To apply, visit

For more information on veteran’s programs, please contact the Veteran’s Representative for the St. Louis District Office, Angie Wells.  She can be reached at or 314-539-6600 extension 223.  For more information about SBA programs, please contact the St. Louis District Office at 314-539-6600 or or your local SBA office. 

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